Free Men

  • Hommes libres (Les)
© Pyramide Distribution
Genre : Historical
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2011
Format : Feature
Running time : 110 (in minutes)

1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque.

The police suspects indeed the Mosque authorities, among which Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, its Rector, of helping Resistance fighters and Jews by giving them false certificates.

At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali. Younes is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality and they become friends. Soon after, he discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police. Confronted by this barbarism, Younes gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

Director: Ismaël Ferroukhi
2011, France

Screenplay : Ismaël Ferroukhi, Alain-Michel Blanc
Casting : Tahar Rahim, Mahmoud Shalaby, Michael Lonsdale, Lubna Azabal

Cinematography : Jérôme Alméras A.F.C.
Sound : Jean-Paul Mugel
Sets : Thierry François
Editing : Anette Dutertre
Music : Armand Amar
Costumes : Virginie Montel
Production : Pyramide Productions
Distribution : Pyramide Distribution

Film presented Sélection Officielle, Festival de Cannes 2011


4 files


1 files

Watch video

Hommes libres (Les)



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

With the support of